Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M.

Recommended Grades:   3-5

When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear for sale at a Canadian train station, he knew he could care for it.  Harry was a veterinarian.  But he was also a soldier in training for World War I.  Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s hometown, and he took her along to training camp in England.  Winnie became the regiment’s much-loved mascot, but who could care for the bear when Harry had to go to battle in France? Harry found just the right place for Winnie: the London Zoo.  There a boy named Christopher Robin came along and played with Winnie. 

Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text: Biography: Building Background Knowledge: Read aloud Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh and pair it with Fur, Fins, and Feathers by Cassandre Maxwell for students to get a background look at the London Zoo as a care-taking spot for Winnie.  Additionally, you could read aloud Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh to give students a look at the background of Winnie while pairing it with Winnie the Pooh stories.  Share the end papers with students which provides primary sources of Harry, Winnie, and Christopher Robin.

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